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Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

A hiker walks through the frosty trees line at the head of the trail of Blodgett Peak Open Space on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Matthew Allan Stroker, 34, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of second-degree assault, but on Tuesday evening while in the El Paso County jail, he was served a warrant for second-degree murder.
A federal court judge in Denver has called the public sex offender registry in Colorado “cruel and unusual punishment.” Courtesy photo.
ballot security
A stack of ballots wait to be processed for next Tuesday's election at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Exterior of the Teller County Jail in Divide, Colorado
FILE - Exterior of the Teller County Jail in Divide, Colorado, on January 22, 2001. (Gazette file photo)
Former Sheriff Indicted
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, center, exits the courthouse after closing arguments in his trail Monday, July 10, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jurors began deliberating Monday. The former lawman is accused of trying to undermine the credibility of three deputies and threatening to terminate a $5.3 million contract with the jail's health provider if it did not fire an employee who refused to support then-Undersheriff Paula Presley's candidacy to succeed him. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
Breeana Eloise Dahlberg, 20. (Photo courtesy of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.)
Carlos Rene Trejo, left, and Isaiah Pickett. Photos courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department.